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I gave a tutorial on this topic at the
2014 IEEE Conference on Systems,
Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) in San
Diego, California.
SMC Magazine: What motivates you
to research, teach, and volunteer?
Stoica: Simply put, 1) curiosity;
2) the desire to contribute to solving humanity's problems, improve the quality
of life, and bring happiness or reduce
pain to a minimum; and 3) the desire,
in fact, the duty I feel, to contribute to
the advancement of humanity.

Stoica with the Fujitsu HOaP-2.

Fujitsu. One of the resulting videos
was nominated for Best Video by the
Association for the Advancement of
Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in 2007,
and the work was called impressive
by the DARPA program manager who
funded us.
A more recent contribution is in reconfigurable, shape-changing, robotic
systems that unfold origami style. With
NASA funding for the TransFormers
project, our goal is to develop robots
that self-deploy from small packages
to large reflective surfaces, redirecting
solar energy to robotic systems operating in shaded areas on the moon and
Mars. Another of my concepts funded
by NASA is a wind robot (WindBot)
that harvests local wind energy while
flying in the atmosphere of gas giants
(Jupiter, Saturn).
In the human-centered systems
area, my contributions have been in
biometrics, human-robot interaction,
interfaces and control, multimodal
multirobot control, and collaborative
brain-computer interfaces (CBCIs).
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I developed the concept of shadow
biometrics that uses information from
human shadows for human biometrics. This is basically the only method
of performing biometrics using remote overhead imagery, including via
high-altitude or orbital platforms.
I worked in electromyographybased gesture recognition for handsfree robot control (I was a coinvestigator on a DARPA-funded project on
reconfigurable prosthetic interfaces
that won Best Short Video at AAAI
2011) and for multirobot control. I
am among the pioneers of the CBCIs
area, having filed the first United
States patent application on multibrain decision-making. In a number
of subsequent articles, my team and
I have investigated and reported on
how one can outperform the brainpower of a single individual by fusing information from multiple brains.
The experiments used noninvasive
electroencephalogram signals obtained while human subjects were
making image analysis decisions.

IEEE SyStEmS, man, & CybErnEtICS magazInE October 2016

SMC Magazine: Do you have any
nonresearch interests?
Stoica: I enjoy technology foresighting, forecasting, and roadmapping. I consulted for various agencies
and was part of several advisory
groups. One experience was particularly rewarding. I had the honor to be
a member of an Information System
Technical Advisory Group (ISTAG)
that recommended research themes
in information systems for the European Commission's Horizon 2020
project. This is the European Union's
biggest research and innovation program, funded at US$80 billion over
seven years (2014-2020). The ISTAG
met in Brussels every few months
during a two-year assignment period.
It was composed of about 15 toplevel research executives and wellknown European professors, and
was chaired by Dr. Michel Cosnard,
the president of France's Institut National de Recherche en Informatique
et en Automatique, at the time. It was
an extraordinary experience to have
a glimpse at the early formulation of
research initiatives on the scale of the
entire European Union.
My nonresearch interests extend
to social matters, in government and
private initiatives, including philanthropic initiatives, and in culture,
in particular, intercultural relationships, Romanian culture, and future
trends of cross-culturalism. I am also
involved in business, having tried different private ventures and investing
in a software company and an agricultural company in Romania. I could



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